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The Lunch Box

The Lunch Box (TLB) is an online toolkit that provides free step-by-step guides, tools, recipes and other resources to help schools improve their meal programs and convert to scratch-cooking.

See how our signature program ties into our Theory of Change here.

The Lunch Box

The Lunch Box (TLB) is an online toolkit that provides free step-by-step guides, tools, recipes and other resources to help schools improve their meal programs and convert to scratch-cooking.

See how our signature program ties into our Theory of Change here.

For many students across the country, school meals can be the most nutritious meal of the entire day, but too often these meals are highly processed. Schools don’t have the operational knowledge or experience required to provide fresh, healthy, and delicious food in a cook from scratch operation.

For many students across the country, school meals can be the most nutritious meal of the entire day, but too often these meals are highly processed. Schools don’t have the operational knowledge or experience required to provide fresh, healthy, and delicious food in a cook from scratch operation.

The Lunch Box is specifically designed to support school district food service teams as they transition their meal programs from processed to scratch cook using fresh ingredients. With open source resources that provide technical support, school districts are able to use The Lunch Box to expand their capacity and ensure that healthy food reaches even more kids each and every day. Users have free access to scalable and downloadable recipes, USDA compliant menu cycles, procurement tools, financial calculators, implementation strategies for salad bars, training tools, marketing materials such as posters and signs, and much more!

TLB offers:

  • Relevant, up-to-date operational content and resources that enable school districts to serve healthy, scratch-cooked meals
  • Information about programs and opportunities that solve common problems experienced by school food service teams
  • Tools for marketing and promoting their lunch program and healthy eating
21,500

users

20,200

resources downloaded in 2019

21,500

users

20,200

resources downloaded in 2019

Program Targeted Outcomes

1

Reach more schools with free, relevant, and up-to-date content and resources that enable cooking healthy, scratch cooked meals

2

Educate food service professionals on the programs and opportunities that solve common problems experienced by school food service teams

3

Motivate and support schools with content that covers a wide range of school food operator needs, including financial management

Program Details

The Lunch Box is the largest online resource for scratch cooking in schools. It is designed specifically to support school district food service teams as they transition their food programs from processed foods to scratch cooking with fresh ingredients.

The online toolkit provides technical support to help districts expand their services, ensuring that healthy food reaches more kids every day. Users have free access to:

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